Is Carlo Ancelotti Solving the Puzzle at Real Madrid?

By Juan Pablo Aravena
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For the first time since his arrival this season, Carlo Ancelotti was able to put all of their offensive players on the pitch at the same time. It was also the first time that the team looked completely solid, and the final score of 7-3 against Sevilla is, incredibly, a fair reflection of what happened on the pitch.

Real Madrid changed the formation used against Barcelona and reverted to their usual 4-2-3-1. But this time, he was able to start the attacking group everybody wanted to see together: Gareth Bale, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. The result? Ronaldo scored a hat trick, Bale added two goals and two assists, Benzema also netted a brace and Isco showed his better version of the year as the conductor of this well-oiled machine.

The Welshman’s case was the most notable. After being almost a non-factor against Juventus and Barcelona, most people doubted of his signing, and some people were even questioning whether he would ever be a good fit at Santiago Bernabeu. The former Tottenham star silenced those doubts and showed that, when healthy, he will be a key piece for Los Merengues for years to come.

Granted, it was only one game, but every time a team scores seven goals and creates several chances, there has to be reason to be happy. It might be too early to tell, but based on yesterday’s performance, it seems like Ancelotti has finally found the way to put all of their offensive players on the pitch at the same time.

Now they need to gel. And if they get even better, it could get scary for the rest of the world.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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